NYC sourcing renewable energy

In a move to meet New York City’s (NYC) target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the construction of facility to convert waste to energy.

The city is accepting proposals that will employ a range of different waste to energy technologies including anaerobic digestion, hydrolysis and gasification. Considering the size of NYC, harnessing energy from the millions of tons of garbage generated annually could cut as much as 728,000 tons of GHG emissions.

Currently, NYC’s Department of Sanitation handles over 3 million tons of garbage annually, spending over $300 million to export it out of the city.

Additional projects that Mayor Bloomberg has introduced to meet NYC’s emission reduction goal include improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings and transportation.

Firms interested in developing the new waste-to-energy plant must submit proposals by June 5.